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Old November 2 2013, 01:55 AM   #1
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And now...the SR-72

http://www.wired.com/autopia/2013/11...-martin-sr-72/

http://www.aviationweek.com/Article....632731.xml&p=1

Cool plane...mach 6 speed, the successor to the SR-71, butis it really necessary at this point? The AIr Force says this:
Guided by the U.S. Air Force’s long-term hypersonic road map, the SR-72 is designed to fill what are perceived by defense planners as growing gaps in coverage of fast-reaction intelligence by the plethora of satellites, subsonic manned and unmanned platforms meant to replace the SR-71. Potentially dangerous and increasingly mobile threats are emerging in areas of denied or contested airspace, in countries with sophisticated air defenses and detailed knowledge of satellite movements.


A vehicle penetrating at high altitude and Mach 6, a speed viewed by Lockheed Martin as the “sweet spot” for practical air-breathing hypersonics, is expected to survive where even stealthy, advanced subsonic or supersonic aircraft and unmanned vehicles might not. Moreover, an armed ISR platform would also have the ability to strike targets before they could hide.
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Old November 2 2013, 02:44 AM   #2
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Re: And now...the SR-72

The article says Lockheed might have a demonstrator model working in ten years. It also said it might enter service in 2030. The plane doesn't exist yet, and won't for over ten years, if ever.
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Old November 2 2013, 03:15 AM   #3
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Re: And now...the SR-72

Judging by what they've unveiled, isn't this basically Lockheed saying "Wouldn't it be cool if we could build this, wink wink Congress"?
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Old November 2 2013, 10:04 AM   #4
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Re: And now...the SR-72

I like it.
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Old November 2 2013, 02:08 PM   #5
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Re: And now...the SR-72

Looks appropriately futuristic and fast but nothing can beat the Blackbird when it comes to sheer coolness.
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Old November 2 2013, 05:15 PM   #6
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Re: And now...the SR-72

The comments on the Wired article are pretty brutal, and I would echo some of them, such as this being just a pitch to the Air Force. It's probably not as advanced as the Mach 5 Skylon/Sabre/Scimitar concepts the British are rendering. The real breakthrough will come when someone renders a plane cruising at Mach 8.
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Old November 3 2013, 03:43 AM   #7
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Re: And now...the SR-72

I'm just waiting for the model kit to come out so our friend John Payne (aka Forbin) can kitbash it into a Star Trek shuttle.
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Old November 3 2013, 11:43 PM   #8
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Someone at next big future called it a data dump on Aurora...maybe, maybe not
http://nextbigfuture.com/2013/11/moc...ne-engine.html
http://nextbigfuture.com/2013/11/sur...ut-how-to.html

Space news:

http://nextbigfuture.com/2013/11/des...lar-probe.html
http://nextbigfuture.com/2013/11/int...oject-for.html
http://nextbigfuture.com/2013/11/int...p-designs.html
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Old November 4 2013, 01:32 AM   #9
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Re: And now...the SR-72

Herkimer Jitty wrote: View Post
Judging by what they've unveiled, isn't this basically Lockheed saying "Wouldn't it be cool if we could build this, wink wink Congress"?
Much like about 90% of Lockheed's press releases.
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Old November 4 2013, 06:41 AM   #10
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Re: And now...the SR-72

It's kind of ugly. Also, this:

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nothing can beat the Blackbird when it comes to sheer coolness.
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Old November 4 2013, 07:36 AM   #11
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Looks appropriately futuristic and fast but nothing can beat the Blackbird when it comes to sheer coolness.

Yeah, the SR-71 is one sexy ship. It's nice when you can see it in person and appreciate just how massive and sleek the thing is.
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Old November 4 2013, 08:26 AM   #12
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So...a company that can't even bring the JSF in at a reasonable budget and on time is promising to give us a hypersonic aircraft demonstrator by 2023 and a flyable aircraft by 2030? I mean, yes, Congress critters are dumb, and Tea Party critters are particularly so but I don't think they're THAT dumb.
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Old November 4 2013, 07:52 PM   #13
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Yes, these links are totally relevant to the topic at hand.
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Old November 5 2013, 04:31 AM   #14
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The military budget of the USA is beyond ridiculous.
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Old November 5 2013, 04:51 AM   #15
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The military budget of the USA is beyond ridiculous.
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